Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bookstores around the world


First, take a photo tour of some the world's most interesting bookstores via his link.


Next there is this personal postscript:

I am like a kid in a candy store when I go to bookstores. However, they are disappearing, and I find myself drawn instead more often to the sweet treats accessible through Bookbub and Amazon. Yes, I am ashamed to admit it: I spend money on books at Amazon. 

Well, now I wonder: which of the featured bookstores in the linked article have you visited or would like to visit? what are your book buying outlets and habits? are you an Amazon shopper or hater or (like me) both? 



11 comments:

  1. There is no shame in buying from Amazon. As much as I like browsing bookstores, chain or independent, they don't always have what I want, especially if it is something out of print. I'm grateful for ebay and Amazon that they have such a large catalogue that connects sellers with buyers, no matter how obscure the title may be.

    I haven't clicked on the link yet but I will. I have a large collection of bookstore sites on my Pinterest page.

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    1. Nevertheless, Sharon, I'd rather avoid Amazon and buy locally. Too many small bookstores are gone. Browsing online cannot compare to browsing among the stacks.

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  2. I love browsing in bookshops, Tim. I especially like the smaller, independent bookstores with all sorts of interesting selections. I could lose myself in a place like that for hours. Do I use Amazon? Sure. But it doesn't have that distinctive bookshop atmosphere, that's for sure.

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  3. When I was a boy, the closest thing we had to a local bookstore was the Bookland in the local mall. (Said mall was dying even during my childhood, though I didn't know it at the time.) The first time I ever went inside a "REAL" local bookstore, an independent one with no connection to a big box chain or a university, was last year when I was in Las Cruces. I've been to another this spring, back in St. Augustine.

    Virtually all of my book-buying is through amazon, BUT! I buy through the marketplace, through the independent bookstore vendors. Bookstores like COAS Books in Las Cruces have amazon "stalls", so to speak.

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  4. Margot, Stephen, Sharon: I remember the world before Amazon, malls, and corporate bookstores; I prefer that world. Yeah, I'm an old dinosaur.

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  5. Those bookstores look so impressive. I want to visit them all.

    I also mourn the passing of so many bookstores. Hopefully a few will always be with us. We have lost so many here on Long Island. We have one really decent one remaining.

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  6. in the past i've gotten quite a few books from Abebooks; but they raised their prices, so i don't use them much anymore... bookstores are the hallmark of a true civilization, imo... there are still a few around here and on the coast, tho and we get over there every once in a while...

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    1. Don't your have Powell's, Mudpuddle? That's someplace I want to visit!

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    2. yes, but it's in Portland, to which we don't go because of the traffic and pollution... but it is a wonderful place...

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  7. Those are beautiful bookstores. I have visited Shakespeare and Co in Paris. It was too crowded, mostly crammed with American tourists like me who thought they were visiting the bookstore that Sylvia Beach owned. It's not.

    Interesting what you say about local bookstores, R.T. Around here, locally owned bookstores are booming because they can sell books as cheaply as Amazon, not new ones of course, but used ones definitely. And the best part is you can examine the book and know exactly what you're getting. Sometimes Amazon is a risk when someone lists a book as "good" as in good condition and it is not in good condition.

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  8. I think that I have been to The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, but I could be wrong. The most impressive bookstores that I have seen are probably The Strand in New York and Powells in Portland, Oregon. Tattered Cover in Denver is impressive, and I now can't say how I spent so little time there during the years I lived in Denver.

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